LA Angels C.J. Wilson: The end of an era?
By Joshua Lea
LA Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson hasn’t pitched a game since July 28th 2015. This season he has been forced to sit idly and watch his LA Angels struggle to break free of last place in the AL West.
LA Angels fans, cue up a sappy Green Day song.
With news of a season ending shoulder surgery out, it’s a wonder if C.J. Wilson will ever pitch in the majors again, let alone the LA Angels. What was a huge free-agent acquisition for the LA Angels slowly fizzled into the situation we have today.
This news shouldn’t come as a shock to many LA Angels fans. After multiple set back throughout the months of May and June, it was apparent that Wilson was going to be shut down.
Wilson signed a five-year $75 million contract at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season. It was the same year that the LA Angels signed Albert Pujols and his ungodly contract.
Wilson’s contract will be up after this season, along with LA Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver. The LA Angels will be forced to either bring them back for a fraction of what they are being paid, or allow them to venture out into free agency.
Whether or not Wilson will pitch for the majors again isn’t really a question. Being a lefty is coveted in the league and Wilson will likely find a roster spot somewhere despite his shoulder injury.
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Injuries have been the highlight of the 2016 season, most recently, Shane Robinson was added to the 15-day DL for an ankle sprain suffered during the Tampa Bay Rays game. The LA Angels are awaiting the return’s of Tyler Skaggs and Geovany Soto.
Skaggs has been rehabbing after going through Tommy John surgery, He most recent made a start for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bee’s last Saturday. It’s been reported that the LA Angels management have not told him a timetable for his return to the majors. However, we can expect an appearance soon with hope.
There’s also the news that pitchers Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards will likely be shutdown until 2018.
The Angels are starting to heal, Nick Tropeano and Joe Smith have returned from injury, and have rehabbed through Triple-A.
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While things are looking grim for Wilson, the end of the season will provide a light at the end of the tunnel. He’ll have to weigh his options. The option to hang up the cleats and retire will certainly be in play with the birth of his daughter earlier this year.